What will your “upgrade” bike be?
July 31, 2008 at 10:45 pm #9694
ok… but there’s not much diff bet the 600r and 650f except ur more ‘at ease’ on the latter and your passenger has more space for butts of course, I-4 are not toys
Solomolo RiderAugust 1, 2008 at 10:02 pm #9780
I just went from a Suzuki GS500F to A Honda CBR1000 RR. Love that thing. It was kind of hard riding at first. In a way it was like learing to ride all over again but I have the hang of it now. I’ll post some pics later.August 5, 2008 at 1:39 am #9898
I have a Suzuki GS500F right now, got it about 2 months ago and have put aroudn 2k miles on it. Already looking at my next bike: Suzuki GSXR750 soooo nice
from everything i’ve read/seen it’s just about the perfect bike.August 5, 2008 at 2:44 am #9913
If I was ever to get a high end sport bike, the GSXR750 would probably be it. Awesome mix of power handling etc… but man… where will you ever get open it up? That’s my issue with them. At least you can wring your 500’s neck every once in awhile on the street… can’t do that with a bike that tops out at 165+ mph
Bikes like that lead to “track day” addictions – addictions which make heroine look like a social drink
“The two seconds between ‘Oh S**!’ and the crash isn’t a lot of practice time.”August 5, 2008 at 2:50 am #9917
Dammit… i’m slowly falling into the temptation of track days too… but lucky for me there’s time… all the novice classes are done for the year…
If there’s anything more important than my ego
around, I want it caught and shot now…August 5, 2008 at 9:06 am #9937
you again? hey till you don’t know the gs500 well (max stopping acceleration handling at high speeds and slow speeds n etc) sit back and learn…
Solomolo RiderAugust 5, 2008 at 9:09 am #9938
if u dnt bliv anyone here, go for the gixxer and when the C-day will come, dont say we didnt warn you…
Solomolo RiderFebruary 12, 2009 at 1:46 am #16418
Reactivating this old thread to state how my plans have changed. Now that I have had some riding experience under my belt and tried different bikes, I’ve discovered the beauty that is SM-type bikes.
For those of you who don’t know, Super Motard bikes are essentially on/off-road dual-purpose motorcycles that have had their wheels, tires, brakes, and suspension components with sportbike ones. And there is NO experience on 2 wheels quite like riding one. Even the little 250cc ones absolutely blow my SV650 away in pure giggle-factor.
My new dream bike is a KTM 690 SMC, but if I’m never able to afford one, I imagine I’ll be quite happy on something along the lines of the new Yamaha WR250X…February 12, 2009 at 2:13 am #16420
Honda Interceptor baby! VTEC!
Really hope i enjoy this bike. Its a tourer with super sporty look, laid back riding style, and got power.February 12, 2009 at 2:57 am #16426
wow… i didn’t really say all that above did i? famous last words…February 12, 2009 at 3:14 am #16430
Well, been riding for 20+ yrs now, had a bike as my sole mode of transport for 3 of those years. I guess as time goes by fit and feel are more important than cc’s or looks. I actually was lookin’ for a bike when I started searching again,not a cruiser or crotch rocket, just a bike. The Yamaha FZ6 suits my needs so I guess that is my current upgrade. I am 5’11’ at 150lbs (36″ inseam) so a little tall and light is perfect for me. Time marches on. Ride safe and God bless. Jon D.February 12, 2009 at 3:56 am #16431
I have always liked naked, standard type bikes. I am thinking of maybe a naked sv650, honda hornet, or a fz6. Who knows? By the time I need to upgrade, I might go cruiser all the way!February 12, 2009 at 4:17 am #16435
My wife is into the whole cruiser thing. I have an SV650s. She thinks our “next bike” will be a Goldwing. I have NO desire to have one.
But I really think my next bike will be something like a Ninja 250, or a Hyosung 250 and make it into a rat bike. But I also like the set-up of the Aprillia Mana. Not so much the “semi-automatic transmission, but I like the “trunk” instead of a gas tank, and the actual gas tank under the seat.
I’ve also got some mods planned for my SV. Sport-touring wind screen to cut some turbulence, a disk-only muffler to replace the stock cannon, frame sliders (hardle a mod, but I think they’re needed). And long term will be a new tank with more capacity. That’ll have to be a one-off.February 12, 2009 at 9:30 am #16448
smokeizfireParticipantFebruary 12, 2009 at 1:40 pm #16452
It is amazing how everything changes in a year…
“wow… i didn’t really say all that above did i? famous last words… ” – QFT
Spaz (a few posts down) is dead on…
Hey Spaz, how many track days did you end up doing last year?
I’m really pleased to see WeaponZero talking about SMs. I haven’t ridden one, but I want to. I’m avoiding them because I spend too much time on open roads and most SMs don’t have the fuel range I want (no sense falling for a bike that would make doing what I love much harder). The KTM seems to be the only real choice for a SM that can go on long trips. Which, when I look back at Weapon’s earlier posts makes me laugh, because an SM and a Sport Touring rig are pretty much polar opposites (big range, good comfy seat, vs no range and a 2×4 for a seat).
I have to roll my eyes at my own replies. I know what I meant, and I still stand behind it (you don’t need a purpose built big power sport touring bike to enjoy long sporting trips), but I really sound overly down on the bigger engines. It sounds like I’m arguing against big bikes, when I’m actually trying to argue for doing it on whatever you’ve got.
But I have upgraded (and I think WeaponZero will appreciate this).
Yes, I have moved up from my 250 (power wasn’t the big issue, vibes on long trips and leg room were the big factors – though I’m sure I’ll enjoy the new found power).
I didn’t move to an adventure bike as originally planned – It is a 2005 SV650 Naked.
It’s been slightly hooliganised by the previous owner (Power Commander, Yosh pipe – man is that a rude sounding bike with a snap of the throttle). It now makes just shy of 80hp at the wheel – which is a real change from the roughly 30 I’m used to…
My plan is to give it a centre stand, touring seat, and saddlebags as time and money allow. And probably a few scrambler elements like a skid plate.
I think that should be the next big bike niche. Take a hooligan bike (SV650, Street Triple, 690SM, Duke, etc) and give it hard bags and a comfy seat. The sensible and practical totally irresponsible ride for the kid who wants to see the world and just won’t grow up.
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